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American Pharoah's Jockey Victor Espinoza Supports City of Hope with Winnings

Anne Moratto | June 11, 2015 | 8:02 AM
Jockey Victor Espinoza, a supporter of City of Hope, shows a signed card of support from patients during a recent visit.

On Saturday, for the second consecutive year, jockey Victor Espinoza attempted to capture the historic Triple Crown of horse racing. As in 2014, after wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Espinoza rode in the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, in an attempt to claim a title not won since 1978. This time, riding American Pharoah, he won, capturing the Triple Crown.

As before, Espinoza has promised to donate a portion of his winnings to City of Hope, continuing his record of support of the institution's groundbreaking research and lifesaving, patient-focused care. Espinoza often visits City of Hope campus, sharing smiles, gifts and stories of his more than 3,200 career victories with patients.

“Good health — that’s what I want for everyone. With good health, people can enjoy life and do those things that make them happy,” Espinoza said. “By working to defeat cancer, City of Hope’s researchers and doctors are bringing a greater chance of health and happiness to people everywhere.”

The beauty industry will do its part to leave cancer in the dust when the City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry Group honors Steve Goddard, president and founder of PRAVANA, with its 2015 Spirit of Life Award on July 11, 2015, at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement. This year’s event, titled “Rock the Cure,” will celebrate the hope of a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  The event, one of the industry’s best networking evenings, will include a hosted cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment.  For information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or to make a donation, visit www.cityofhope.org/salon/sol or contact Andrea Courtney at (800) 272-2310, [email protected].

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